How are we to understand recent events?
All sides of society, currently, have one thing in common – everyone is angry. To be sure, the vast majority is concerned by the assumed brutality of four Minneapolis police officers.
But commonality, it seems, stops there.
What are we to do now?
Some have used this as an opportunity to create chaos. Others are demanding a restoration of law and order. Both are indignant, even passionately indignant, but how are we to move forward?
It’s easy to say “I’m against racism.” It’s just as easy to call someone else “racist”. Clearly, hypocrisy exists between words and actions. Tweeting “burn it down…but not near my home” is only one of many examples.
Assuming that chaos is effective, why should we trust how a new world order will run things? Do they have solutions that weren’t previously deployed? Are they able to solve the problems of discrimination, poverty, and police brutality, heretofore pervasive?
Will protesting the obvious change anything. As if now, that we’ve called them out, things will get better?
What legal changes will be effective? Has the institution of “hate crimes” resolved, or even lessened the problem? Or does it just assuage our sense of social justice?
We are a generation deploying human solutions to spiritual problems. But we’re too caught up in our own efforts to “win the power battle” to see, it hasn’t worked, and maybe it won’t.
The Bible is not silent on this dilemma. It does provide some clear guidance.
The greatest commandments
In Matthew 22:36, Christ was asked “what is the greatest commandment…? to which Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind… and …love your neighbor as yourself.”
Romans 13 states “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God as established…whoever rebels…is rebelling against what God has instituted and…will bring judgment on themselves…for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason.”
Sin and Salvation
Romans 6:23 succinctly sums up the true problem and solution when it states “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Spiritual solutions to the human condition
Love God, love your neighbor as yourself, submit to governing authorities, and accept the gift of eternal life through faith in Christ Jesus. Is this not the spiritual solution to the human condition of sin?
No. That seems too simplistic.
Wouldn’t it be wiser to create a world body to decide this? What about a board which would impartially judge our thoughts and actions. Why don’t we just institute a social review and rewards system, just to keep an eye on everyone?
Oh, that’s right. We already do this… How’s that working for you?
Two kinds of wisdom
Everything now is a dichotomy; good vs. evil, oppressed vs. oppressors, white vs. POC, conservatives vs. leftists, haves vs. have nots, etcetera, etcetera.
James 3 also discusses a dichotomy, it’s about two kinds of wisdom:
Who is wise and understanding among you?
Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.
But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
The truth of a new world order
Will things get better? Will a new world order take place?
The scripture states in 2 Peter that “the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly” and that we are to “live holy and godly lives as we look forward to the day of God…for we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.”
We are seeing the birth pains of a new world order, and it is happening rapidly and dramatically.
What side of this revolution should you join?
As in most dichotomies, you are free to take a position. It may not be what you expect though, or what you’re being told in the media. The choice won’t be between democracy and socialism, or chaos and law and order.
It will be between the world and God.